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Catalog of Courses

4310 Philosophy of Science
An analysis of philosophical problems about science. Such central concepts as law, causation, induction, hypothesis, theory, verification, and models are studied. Presuppositions and methodologies of different sciences may be examined. The relation of scientific views to moral, social, and metaphysical problems is considered.

4311 Epistemology
A critical examination of classical and current problems in theories of knowledge. Attention is given to such problems as meaning, truth, the knowing situation, universals, knowledge of the external world and of other minds, and validation of knowledge claims. The contributions of recent movements such as logical empiricism, linguistic analysis, phenomenology may be studied.

4314 History of Philosophy: Patristic and Medieval
The history and development of philosophy from 250 to 1400 A.D. Some of the major philosophers studied include Augustine, Boethius, John Scotus Erigena, Anselm, Abelard, Avicenna, Averroes, Maimonides, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. Special emphasis will be placed on the significance of pre-Enlightenment thinkers to the development of the Enlightenment and Modernity.

4318 Philosophy of Law (Cross-listed as AMS 4318)
A critical study of historical and contemporary approaches to primary issues in jurisprudence and the philosophy of law, including tort law, criminal law, and Constitutional law.

4320 The Philosophy of Religion
A philosophical inquiry into such topics as the existence and nature of God, religious experience, immortality, the problem of evil, the relationship between reason and faith, the meaning of religious language and symbols, and the validity of religious knowledge claims. Methods of contemporary philosophical analysis are used in clarifying religious concepts.

4321 Metaphysics

A critical analysis of classical and contemporary metaphysical systems and problems. These include the world views found in the philosophies of naturalism, idealism, personalism, positivism, pragmatism, organicism, and existentialism. Problem areas considered are mind-body relations, cosmology, ontology, philosophical anthropology, universals, determinism, and freedom. Basic categories such substance, cause, time, space, matter, and form are critically examined. Attention also is focused upon methods and criteria employed in metaphysical study.

4324 Philosophy in Literature
A critical study of philosophical material in literature, that is, a study of the philosophy to be found in essays, novels, poems, and plays. Among the authors usually studied are Plato, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Lucretius, Voltaire, Goethe, Ibsen, Nietzsche, Kafka, Camus, Sartre, Malraux, Hesse and selected contemporary novelists.

4331 Latin American Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
Philosophical and intellectual movements in Latin America from the colonial times to the present. These movements include scholasticism, eclecticism, utilitarianism, romanticism, positivism, vitalism, phenomenology, and existentialism and philosophies of liberation. Works of major representatives of these movements (including such men as Bello, Mora, Sierra, Varona, Deustua, Caso, Korn, Vasconcelos, Farias Brito, Vaz Ferreira, and Romero) are studied.

4340 East Asian Philosophy (Cross-listed as AST 4340)
An historical and critical survey of the major movements in Chinese, Indian, or Japanese
philosophy. Course may be repeated once with different area of concentration.

4341 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
A critical study of philosophical movements in Europe during the past one hundred and fifty
years. Some of the major philosophers studied include Nietzsche, Husserl, Adorno, Heidegger,
Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Wittgenstein, Russell, Carnap, Gadamer, Habermas, Lyotard,
Foucault, and Derrida. Movements studied include phenomenology, positivism, naturalism, critical
theory, existentialism, structuralism, deconstructionism, and post modernism. Course may be
repeated once with a different area of concentration.

4342 Contemporary American Philosophy (Cross-listed as AMS 4342)
A critical study of philosophical movements in the United States during the past one hundred
years. Some of the philosophers whose works are studied include Pierce, James, Royce, Dewey,
Mead, Lewis, Santayana, Whitehead, and Quine. Recent movements such as critical realism,
naturalism, humanism, personalism, logical positivism, and linguistic analysis are also studied.

4345 Intermediate Logic
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
The language of first-order logic as a formal deductive system.

4353 Philosophy of Language
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
Critical examination of the basic problems in general semantics and philosophy of language,
giving special attention to the major authors in these fields.

4360 Contemporary Ethical Theory
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing.
Major issues in contemporary ethical writings. Course may be repeated once for credit if topic
varies.

4361 Social Philosophy
A critical survey of the fundamental concepts and theories used in justifying social institutions.
Problems such as authority, law, freedom, rights, equality, responsibility, power, justice, the state, and
justification of open societies are considered.

4365 Jewish Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): Upper-level standing or consent of instructor.
Jewish philosophy in the twentieth century, with emphasis on the relation between mortality
and morality, justice and totalitarianism, faith after the Holocaust, and individualism and revolution.

4379 Islam and Democracy (Cross-listed as CHS 4379 and PSC 4379)
See CHS 4379 for course information.

4V99 Special Topics in Philosophy (Cross-listed as AMS 4V99) 1 to 3 sem. hrs.
Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Faculty-directed individual, group or class research project. Course may be repeated twice for
credit if topics vary.

5301 Readings from Plato
Topics include Plato’s philosophical contributions in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social
and political philosophy, and aesthetics. Additional topics may include the philosophical uses of
literary form, and the role of psychology and the emotions in an adequate philosophical understanding
of human nature and the common good. Students learn a variety of interpretive approaches to Plato
and also become familiar with the secondary literature on Plato.The course may be taken up to three times with different topics for a total of nine hours course credit.

5302 Readings from Aristotle
We read from Aristotle’s writings around a theme, e.g., metaphysics, epistemology, logic,
ethics, politics, aesthetics, or psychology. Students become conversant with Aristotle’s writings and
important secondary literature. Course may be taken up to three times with different topics for a total
of nine hours course credit.

5310 Value Theory
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A seminar on the major interpretations of the nature and meaning of value, with particular
attention to the relation between value theory and ethics. Course may be repeated once with a
different topic of study.

5311 Readings from the Philosophers (Cross-listed as PSC 5311)
Prerequisite(s): For Political Science or Philosophy graduate students only; or consent of instructor.
An intensive, critical reading of selected works of major philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle,
Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Russell, and
Rawls. Other philosophers may be added to this list. May be taken a maximum of six times if different
topic, not to exceed eighteen semester hours.

5312 Topics in Classical Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A critical study of philosophers from the classical world; may include figures from the presocratic
origins of philosophy to the times of epicurean and stoic philosophers, including especially
Plato and Aristotle. Course may be taken up to three times with different topics for a total of nine
hours course credit.

5313 Topics in Action Theory
An in-depth study of relevant recent and/or more classical philosophical literature on one
or more selected topics such as free will, responsibility, practical rationality, decision theory, and
intention. Course may be taken up to three times with different topics for a total of nine hours course
credit.

5314 Topics in Modern Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A critical study of philosophers from the Modern Period, including thinkers from the sixteenth
to the nineteenth centuries. Course may be taken up to three times if topic is different for a total of
nine hours credit.

5315 Topics in Philosophy of Mind
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A philosophical examination of the nature of the human mind and its relation to the body as
well as theories that account for the nature of consciousness, intentionality, and other features of
mentality. Course may be taken up to three times when topic is different for a total of nine credit
hours for the course.

5316 Contemporary Philosophical Problems
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
Examination of historical, normative, and analytical problems which have arisen in the
history of philosophy and an examination of the systems of philosophy which have emerged from
the consideration of these problems. May be taken six times if different topic, not to exceed eighteen
semester hours.

5318 Logic for Philosophers
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
In this course the student should gain formal tools that are useful in a wide-range of areas of
philosophy, including: propositional logic, quantificational logic, basic set theory, basic probability theory, and basic modal logic.

5319 Philosophical Writing
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
This course contains a significant amount of epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. This
course has as its goal mastering the art of writing a critical essay in philosophy, an essential skill for
success in graduate school in philosophy and for publication success after securing a faculty position
in philosophy.

5320 Special Topics in Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
Special research topics to be undertaken by students under direct supervision of the professor.
Course may be taken a maximum of four times if different topic, not to exceed twelve hours.

5321 Topics in Epistemology
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
Covers a broad array of issues concerning the nature of successful cognition of the sort
sought after in purely theoretical activities. May focus on issues such as the nature and possibility
of knowledge, the threat of skepticism, and the nature of rationality and justification, as well as on
current controversies in the literature, including controversies with the value of knowledge, debates
between foundationalists and coherentists, the Gettier problem, and many others. Course may be
taken up to three times when the topic is different for a total of nine credit hours for the course.

5322 Topics in Metaphysics

Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
Covers a broad array of issues concerning the nature of being and reality, involving topics
concerning God, the world, and the self. May focus on related topics such as ontology, category
theory, substances and attributes, space and time, causation, and possible worlds. Course may be
taken up to three times when topic is different for a total of nine credit hours for the course.

5330 Readings in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A critical readings course on primary sources and ancient and medieval philosophy. The
course concludes with a comprehensive written examination over the sources. Course may be taken
twice for a maximum of six semester hours.

5331 Readings in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A critical readings course on primary sources in modern and contemporary philosophy. The
course concludes with a comprehensive written examination over the sources.

5333 Seminar in Political Philosophy (Cross-listed as PSC 5333)
See PSC 5333 for course information.

5338 Seminar on Church and State in Modern Europe (Cross-listed as CHS 5338, HIS 5338,
and REL 5338)

See CHS 5338 for course information.

5342 Seminar on Religion, Law, and Politics (Cross-listed as CHS 5342, PSC 5342, and REL
5340)

See CHS 5342 for course information.

5343 Classical Political Thought (Cross-listed as PSC 5343)

See PSC 5343 for course information.

5350 Workshop in Teaching Philosophy
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
This course will address a broad range of pedagogical issues involved in becoming a successful
philosophy teacher. Topics include: educational theory, organizational strategies, practical techniques for effective lecturing, practical techniques for stimulating discussion, the logistics of evaluation, the scholarship of teaching and the importance of ongoing self-assessment of classroom performance.

5353 Medieval Political Thought (Cross-listed as PSC 5353)
See PSC 5353 for course information.

5360 Contemporary Ethical Theory
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A critical study of issues in contemporary ethical theory; may be taken up to three times with
different topics of study, not to exceed nine semester hours.

5361 Topics in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
This course investigates issues in contemporary philosophy of religion. Course may be taken
up to three times with different topics, not to exceed a total of nine hours of course credit.

5362 Issues in Contemporary Philosophy of Science
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A critical study of issues in contemporary philosophy of sciences; may be taken up to three
times with different topics of study, not to exceed nine hours of course credit.

5363 Modern Political Thought (Cross-listed as PSC 5363)
See PSC 5363 for course information.

5365 Topics in Philosophy of Language
Prerequisite(s): For philosophy graduate students only or by departmental approval.
A critical study of issues in philosophy of language. Meaning, reference, intentionality and
extensionality are among possible topics to be considered using primary sources in contemporary
philosophy. May be taken up to three times with different topics not to exceed nine total credit hours.

5393 Advanced Seminar in Political Philosophy (Cross-listed as PSC 5393)
See PSC 5393 for course information.

5V99 Thesis 1 to 6 sem. hrs.

6V10 Prospectus Research
Prerequisite(s): PHI 5330 and 5331; and completion of regular course work.
Supervised research for developing and writing a Dissertation Prospectus Proposal that will
be the subject of a preliminary exam that will admit students to candidacy. A student may repeat this
course for credit, with a maximum of eighteen total hours.

6V99 Dissertation 1 to 12 sem. hrs.
Supervised research for the doctoral dissertation.